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Sinn Féin ensures institutions protect the most vulnerable – O'Neill

22 January, 2015 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin MLA Michelle O’Neill said progress had been made at today’s Executive meeting on welfare protections for the most vulnerable in society.

Michelle O’Neill said:

“It’s often said that a society can be measured by the way it treats its most vulnerable members. 

“Sinn Féin has sought to defend people with disabilities and people on benefits against a Tory assault on the welfare state.

“The Executive has now brought forward proposals agreed by the five parties in the Stormont House talks which will protect the most vulnerable against Tory welfare cuts.

“We have agreed to provide a package over six years of almost £565m to mitigate against the potential loss of benefits to individuals and families.

“We have retained a series of anti-poverty measures and set up a Supplementary Payment Fund to provide protection specifically to families with children, people with disabilities, and the long term sick.

“There are safeguards for people moving from DLA, for lone parents and people have been protected from the impact of the bedroom tax.

“These protections and others are unique to the North and in sharp contrast to the cuts-driven welfare system in Britain.

“This is a good example of the institutions making a practical difference to those citizens most in need.”

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